Hey all, it's been a long time since I've been able to access the full site. I'm in the process of moving from Dallas to a much more depressing part of Texas(Wacky Waco), and wrapping up my business here in DFW. My BlackBerry is my sole link to the connected world and StampedeBlue, which I have been reading religiously.
Before I get on my soapbox, let me give some major props to BBS, shake, mgrex03, Jake, and all the long time posters - as well as the newcomers - for making Stampede Blue the best place to go for Colts news and insight. I would feel cold and alone without it.
Now that that is out of the way, can we smack down the "Worldwide Leader" once again? As I said, my Blackberry is my link to the world and therefore I have am forced to visit mobile versions of most sites, including ESPN. On the top of the home page, they have a link to an MVP poll. Naturally, I was willing to take a few minutes out of day to put a vote in for my boy Peyton to counteract all the Kurt Warner stupidity going on. But, to my disgust this is the complete list of choices:
James Harrison, Steelers
Eli Manning, Giants
Adrian Peterson, Vikings
Michael Turner, Falcons
Kurt Warner, Cardinals
Seriously? First off, a defensive player has not won the award since Lawrence Taylor(am I right here?), and Lawrence Taylor James Harrison is not. The real LT was a singular force and forever changed his position and the entire defensive game. Eli is only completing 60% of his passes with a 2:1 TD-INT ratio and is merely managing the game. Without his No. 1 target and Brandon Jacobs to smash into defenses, he is vulnerable. Adrian Peterson is a legitimate star, though play-by-play is very inconsistent - but his team rides his legs into the playoffs if they make it. Michael Turner is similar to AP, but he is one part of a balanced attack, not a game-changer. I think BBS has covered enough ground on why noone should be still talking about Kurt Warner and the MVP.
But my biggest gripe is, HOW IS PEYTON NOT EVEN ON THE LIST? Our receiver play has not been incredible this year, Dallas has not been as productive as usual, the O-line is a shambles, and we have the 31st ranked rushing attack, yet Peyton has found a way to pull this team from 3-4 to win 7 straight while playing brilliant football. And he isn't even mentioned by these schmucks. How does this organization still have any credibility left?
Anyway, do you think that the ESPN writers that do have an MVP vote are actually using this as their short list? Because if so, this might be one of the most controversial - and meaningless - MVP selections in the history of the award.
So, give me your thoughts. I might not be able to reply, but I will keep reading. And BBS, tell Tre to get mobile comment posting up and running!